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Weather patterns confusing local Okinawa expectations

Date Posted: 2005-05-19

The rains came early, and everything else is running late.

Weather prognosticators are perplexed as to what’s happening with the Spring weather patterns. They’re already acknowledging that mother nature is not her normal self this season, as the rainy season got underway May 2nd, well ahead of schedule and a week earlier than last year.

At the same time, the natural beauties which have been expected for many days are not making their appearances. The bird nesting season for the Noguchigera should have already started, but the birds are taking their sweet time. Okinawa Diego flower blooms are late, as are the lilies which should have begun blossoming over Ie Island many days ago.

Weather specialists are now attributing the delays to the lack of sunny days in Okinawa during February. There was only one truly sunny day, and March marched in with unusually cold weather. The cool temperatures were well below the norm, as March typically sees the beginning of the hot summer season.

Now the warnings are that typhoon season could begin earlier, wreaking even more havoc on nature’s system. If the storms begin before the bird nests are solidly built, the birds are going to lose eggs, or babies.

Flowers are a mainstay of Okinawa’s economy, and the late season for lilies already has tripped up the Ie Island Festival, which was late again, after running a week behind last year. Flower growers are optimistic they’ll have the warm weather to get the plants stabilized before the typhoon season comes.

As for the weather forecasters, they’re still at the charts trying to make sense out of the Spring changes as they begin planning for the June start to typhoon season.

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